How to Maori-fy your training sessions.
When it comes to physical activity, an #indigenous approach does not compartmentalise the physical body separate from the #mental , #spiritual or #social body. These systems coexist, and it is our challenge to reconnect this divide that modern medicine has created, and acknowledge a system that Dr. Mason Durie represented in his Te Whare Tapa Whā model of Māori health – an interrelationship between the physical, mental, spiritual and social elements.
Last week we first looked at the onset of exercise as represented by a person standing at the #tomokanga (entrance way) to a #marae (communal or sacred place). This was then followed by a degree of discomfort as the exercise begins to challenge the physical and mental elements. This second phase I call the #wero , or the warriors challenge. This week it’s all about the #karanga and #whaikōrero and how exercise intensity has a part to play in this transformative process. Check out the detailed post on the WhakapapaFridays Facebook page or on the blog (the link is in my bio)
Photo Credit: Sir Āpirana Ngata, politician and Ngāti Porou kaumātua, is shown giving a whaikōrero (speech) at the centennial celebrations of the opening of the original Rangiātea church in Ōtaki, in 1950. Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection